The 10 Best Brunch and Breakfast Spots in Antigua, Guatemala

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Antigua Guatemala is packed with excellent restaurants and quirky cafes that serve up a variety of mouthwatering food. If you’re in search of a good breakfast or a hearty brunch, there’s no need to spend hours traversing these cobbled streets. From breakfast burritos to coffee and chocolate, here are ten of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Antigua.

1. Samsara

Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, Healthy

Samsara’s motto (‘A place to feed your body and mind, to learn about the mystery of existence’) gives you a hint as to the type of café it is. There may be celestial posters on the walls and panpipe music playing, but the food is no-nonsense, healthy and delicious. The kale scrambled eggs with turmeric, garlic and onion with hummus, green sauce and pita bread is the perfect morning pick-me-up. The other standout is the desayuno tradicional: scrambled eggs with onion and tomato, avocado slices, mashed beans, stewed plantains and black tortillas. Gluten-free bread is also available.

2. Saberico

Restaurant, Central American, Healthy, Vegetarian

Saberico is a place that’s all about the bread – and the loaves here are probably the best in the city (gluten-free options are also available). The Saberico bakery churns out baguettes, brioches, coconut bread, tacos, bagels, pretzels and more, and the sourdough bread line is truly exceptional. You can choose from traditional eggs-on-toast breakfasts, a great variety of paninis and toasties and healthier options such as soups and salads.

3. Café Condesa

Cafe, Restaurant, Gluten-free, Healthy

Cafe Condesa, Parque Central, Antigua, Guatemala.
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Café Condesa has become an Antigua institution, serving up delicious food and warm service in an attractive colonial building. Café Condesa uses only fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and the coffee beans are 100% organic. Their range of breakfasts includes many gluten-free options, and they’re especially known for their quiches (both tomato/basil and spinach are excellent). You can also enjoy homemade bread, pies, cakes, salads and soups if you don’t fancy a more traditional breakfast.

4. Casa Santo Domingo

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

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Casa Santo Domingo is a hotel located in the ruins of an old monastery, in an area that has plenty of post-brunch activities to keep you occupied (museums, chocolate factories, zip-lining and more.). The Casa Santo Domingo restaurant is popular with both locals and travellers. You can either head to the buffet area, where you can choose crepes and omelettes, or have something freshly cooked to order by the chef.

5. La Merced Food Market

Market, Guatemalan

Empanadas on a plate, Antigua Guatemala
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For something different, make like a local and pick up some street food for lunch. Antigua has several food markets, but the best is located in the park in front of La Merced Church. The empanada stand is always popular, and a few potato empanadas in a crispy, buttery pastry, topped with guacamole, tomatoes, onion and cilantro, makes a satisfying brunch. Noodle tostadas are also a great way to fuel up for the day: large, crispy tostadas are spread with guacamole, tomato salsa, radishes, onions and a large dollop of noodles.

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